Will I feel claustrophobic inside?
No! The inside is rather like a tent. It’s warm, the inside of the tank is lit, there is good ventilation, and the door is not locked.
But isn’t it a sensory deprivation tank?
It is, but created for the new Millennium. Described by the manufacturer as a privacy tank to remove the scary factor. You can listen to music, feel the warm water, touch the sides, and are not isolated from sensation at all. You will, in fact, have heightened sensation in some ways. You are in complete control of your session. You can relax with the light on, door open, music playing…Or you can create a quiet, warm, dark, gravity free place to fall into the deep recesses of your own brain. You define your own personal experience.
We are unable to provide 100% sound elimination. You will always be able to hear your own movement in the tank, your breathing and, on occasion, your heartbeat. There are also occasions we are unable to control our neighboring environment. Some sounds from outside our space will be heard in the tanks. Proper earplug placement will reduce these occasional sounds dramatically. Ask your attendant for earplug placement instruction if you are concerned about this occasional noise. We do offer discounts for exceptionally loud sessions.
We continue to work diligently with our property owner and neighbors to provide the best possible outcome for our clients.
What about being in the dark?
That’s up to you. There is a light switch, so you have control of whether the lights are on or off at all times. You can leave them on throughout your float session if you want. You can have music playing throughout too, if you like, and you can choose your music in advance. Floating is the best and fastest way to relax, and many people find that silence and the dark help them to relax even more. But it’s up to you, either way. Floating is wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable.
Will I have enough air?
Yes, of course. The air inside, is warm and it rises by convection. There is a vent at the top for the air to leave, and the fresh air enters near the water line and around the lid. The ventilation system is a Full airflow design ventilation, draft free.
Can I accidentally turn over in the water?
No. The water is very shallow, usually just ten inches deep. Also, it is much heavier than ordinary water because of the added Epsom salts, so you float very easily and much higher in the water than in a swimming pool or another body of regular water. You float on your back with absolutely no effort, and there is no tendency to roll over, unless you do it on purpose. People often sleep in float tanks, and there is no risk of rolling over, even if you are asleep.
Will I get cold, like staying too long in a bath?
No. The float tank is heated all the time. The temperature of the water feels warm when you get in, but in fact, it is the same as your skin’s temperature. This is environment is suited for extended periods of floating. The correct temperature is important and constantly electronically monitored. PRO tip: If you typically run cold, shower in cool water. If you typically run hot, shower in hot water. This will help you acclimate to the neutral temperature with ease.
What is Epsom salt, and why is it used?
Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. It is found naturally in many spa waters. It is very different from sea salt or table salt, which is mainly sodium chloride. Epsom salt has been used medicinally for centuries to treat various health issues. It is non toxic and won’t harm you if you swallow some, but try not to as it has a very bitter and salty taste. We use it for two main reasons: it raises the density of the water, making it much easier to float, and it softens your skin.
What if I can’t swim?
That’s OK. Floating is as easy as taking a bath. You just step in, sit down, and lay back. You can touch the bottom with your hands. There is no skill required. Just let the salty water do the work.
Are there any weight restrictions?
No. As long as you can safely get in the tank, you are safe to float.
Can I catch a disease from someone using the tank before me?
No, you can’t. Between each float session, the entire contents of the tank is pumped through a very dense filter several times. This filter effectively removes every single particle. But more importantly, the solution is sterilized to kill bacteria and viruses. Here at Cloud nine, we use chlorine to shock the water as necessary and carbon impregnated 10 micron filters to completely sanitize the tanks. The water in our float tanks is filtered similarly to the water coming from the tap at your home. Our Samadhi and Escape Pod now use UV and Hydrogen Peroxide for sanitation. This creates a more natural chemical free environment.
What are the benefits of floating?
What is great about floating is that it gives you more than just floating! Here’s how it works: the dense water makes it easy to float, so you can relax. The temperature is just right so that you can relax ever further. That means your postural muscles don’t have to work at all. The muscles send a chemical message to the brain saying, in effect, “You can relax; the environment is friendly.” The blood vessels near the skin relax, allowing more blood flow. Within a few minutes, you feel better, less stressed, mentally and physically calm, and this results more quickly than in any other natural state. The increased blood flow and freedom from pressure promotes healing of muscle strains and relief from joint pain. In addition, floating can promote a faster recovery rate after intense exercise or sports related injuries. Research has found that floating brings on brain waves associated with deep daydreams. The more you float, the better it gets. Research has also shown consistent improvement in performance after floating, in all kinds of activities, from shooting a rifle to playing jazz. This is all without the use of any drugs or chemicals.
Is it true that floating cures jet lag?
Yes. Research shows that floating in a float tank is much more effective than bed rest.
Is there a limit to how much you can float?
Some people have their own float tanks and sleep in them regularly. They claim that they need less sleep than typical. You could certainly float every day without harm. We also find that the relaxing effect of a one hour float lasts all day and longer, so a session once or twice a week can be enough to satisfy your desire for floating.
What about my hair?
Your hair should be washed in the shower before floating. Swimming caps do not work very well or at all. If your hair has recently been colored or otherwise treated, it is best to wait a few days before floating. Ask your operators advice if you are not sure.
What is the difference between your tanks?
We currently have four tanks. Two of our tanks are Floataway Tranquility tanks. One is a Classic Samadhi and one is the Escape Pod. The Tranquility tanks are top of the line European tanks manufactured by hand with top quality, double lined GRP to meet the needs of each unique client. They also feature live skin sound, air coupled buttons to control the motorized lids, intercom and internal lighting. Both tanks have passive ventilation design and magnetic field isolation tops.
The Samadhi on the other hand, is a classic US manufactured design. It is basically a rectangular box with a manual door set at a 45 degree angle. Our Samadhi has been newly refurbished with new plumbing, electrical, digital thermostat control and liner. The ventilation system can be set to passive or forced air whichever you prefer. We also have a heated ceiling to help control condensation.
The Escape Pod is another classic rectangular design made by Jeremy Warner in Lincoln Nebraska. This tank is manufactured in steel and powder coated. It also has a ventilation system that can be turned on or off based on your preference.
All four tanks provide the same physical (warm, quiet, dark and buoyant) environment. Although, you may have a very different psychological experience in each tank.
You can view the different tank styles on the photo slider of our home page. www.cloudninefloatcenter.com